February Newsletter

February Newsletter

Volume 2, Number 2

 Cooking with Tea Recipes

*from December’s issue of Vitality magazine

 

Tea (Camellia sinensis) is the world’s most widely consumed beverage.  High in antioxidants, tea can help to boost the immune system, which is exactly what we need in the cold winter months.  Cooking with tea is another wonderful way to experience its many health benefits. 

 

Brown Rice, Green Tea and Lentil Porridge

A Japanese speciality (renzu mame iri genmai chagayu), this porridge is high in fibre and low in calories. 

  • 1 cup of uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup of green or yellow split peas; or brown lentils (do not use red as they end up mushy)
  •  4 cups of green tea (leftover or freshly brewed)
  •  Pinch of sea salt

Wash rice and lentils and put them into a kettle or pot.  Add strained tea and sea salt.  Bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for one hour (or until rice and lentils are tender and the tea is absorbed).  Add more tea during cooking if necessary.  This keeps the rice and lentils from going dry.

 

Jasmine Brown Rice

 

  • 2 cups of water
  •  2 Tbsp loose jasmine tea
  •  Pinch of sea salt
  • 1-1/4 cups jasmine brown rice

In saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Add tea, cover and steep for about 5 minutes.  Strain and press well before composting the spent leaves.  Return tea to pan, add salt, and bring to a boil.  Add rice, reduce heat to low, cover tightly, and cook until tea is absorbed and rice is tender (about 30 minutes).  Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.  Serves 4.

 

Is Your Glass Half Full?

Cultivating a positive attitude in life is essential to staying strong and healthy!  Negativity can wreak havoc on our physical and mental health in many ways.  Changing the way you think and your overall attitude can have a huge impact on your life.  It can often be difficult to overcome years of negative thinking.  If you have trouble with thinking positively here are a few simple techniques that will help promote a positive attitude.  You will be surprised with the results!

Be aware of outside negative influences

Have you ever thought of an idea and before putting your plan into action, you shared it with your family and friends?  How the idea is received by others can play a huge role in your attitude (negative or positive).  Sometimes sharing ideas opens us up to discussion, opinions, comments and perhaps even criticism.  It can be very easy to let these comments influence the decision to pursue your idea.  The bottom line – Don’t let other people’s negativity determine your actions!   

Surround yourself with positive people!

The best way to cultivate a positive attitude is by surrounding yourself with those who have already mastered this skill!  Positive energy is often described an infectious – you’ll become positive through osmosis!

 Avoid engaging in gossip

Gossip is often based in inaccuracy and exaggeration.  Let’s be honest, if gossip was truth we would call it that!  Gossip is often rooted in negativity and it is best to avoid it.

Take a deep breath

Our attitude towards life is mainly based in emotion.  It is human nature to allow our emotions to control our actions.  Each and every one of us has said or done something in the heat of the moment that we later regretted.  Stopping to take a deep breath helps you to relax and focus your mind.  This will allow you to be more resilient against negativity.

Talk your walk

So you want to be positive?  One of the best ways to do that is to focus your conversations on positive topics.  This is easier said than done – we all need to vent every now and again!  If you’re with your friends or family and the conversation takes a turn for the negative, change the subject to something more upbeat. 

Get a good night’s sleep

This may seem simple and obvious, but in a world where a large portion of the population is chronically sleep deprived, it is necessary to mention.  The average adult needs anywhere from 6 to 9 hours of sleep to function well.  Less than that, especially on a regular basis, makes even the most positive person cranky and irritable.  Besides, everything looks better after a good night’s sleep!

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Did You Know?

Did you know that an individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body?

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